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[Home Movies: Summers Collection: San Francisco, California, 1941]


Published 1941


Comprehensive film of San Francisco, California and vicinity shot in the summer of 1941.

• 13:57:09:14- 13:57:32:12
Nice aerial series—in every shot we see the shadow of the plane. Starts over Marin County, cuts to view of the wing of the plane and a residential development below, cut to green fields, cut to dry, brown land, cut to suburbs, and finally end with grassless land and the prominent shadow of the plane.

• 13:57:55:12- 13:58:02:12
Pan of the airport's "passenger station" in San Francisco. People stand waiting for a plane to unload its passengers. The wing of the plane is in the foreground.

• 13:58:10:26- 13:58:30:12
Medium shot of a sign stating "San Francisco Airport, Airline Passengers, August 1941." Cut to a nice pan of the San Francisco airport—its parking lot and various buildings.

• 13:58:36:21- 13:59:03:00
Another pan of the airport. It begins with the image of a plane taking off, moves over for us to view the "Skywalk Cafe" and cars driving along the road. Cut to the front of the airport where a man walks out of the center building.

• 13:59:33:20- 14:00:11:12
Nice shaky driving POV down Market Street going towards the Embarcadero (bustling sidewalks and businesses to the side). Cut to a different view of people running across the street. We approach the waterfront building and can also see the Lincoln Hotel.

• 14:01:58:21- 14:02:10:04
Interesting, chaotic shot at Market and Ellis Streets—we see the tops of people's heads as they cross the street with the Embarcadero in the background. Ends with a pan up a tall building.

• 14:03:03:11- 14:03:32:23
Cars make their ways down a Russian Hill street with a view of the Bay Bridge in the distance.

• 14:03:59:18- 14:04:06:21
Beautiful shot from the bottom of a long street (on a hill). The sun shines at the top of the street—the buildings and people on the sidewalk look dark in comparison.

worth noting: many short shots of Chinatown — schoolgirls, businessmen, shopkeepers, and more.

• 14:11:01:16- 14:11:26:26
Nice pan of restaurant strip on Fisherman's Wharf — Tom Tom's, Joe's, and others (nice signs). Sea gulls sit on top of the buildings, and cars are parked in front of the restaurants.

• 14:11:27:11- 14:11:47:25
Montage of restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf. We see several crab and fish restaurants with nice signs and DiMaggio's (with a baseball atop the building). The tops of ships are visible behind the buildings.

worth noting: short shots of men working on a fish boat

• 14:16:43:20- 14:17:37:20
Wobbly shot of a silver, seaplane taxiing on the San Francisco Bay before taking off. Cut to front view of the plane taking off into the air.

• 14:18:21:24- 14:18:36:27
Soft focus of an old Key System electric train pulling into a station (people stand on the platform). People get on and off the crowded train.


Producer Summers, John H.
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual sound, color

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